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    Supporting Older Web Browsers

    Just how far into the past do you personally go in coding support for legacy web browsers?

    Personally, I code only as far back as about 5 years or so, particularly when it comes to Microsoft products. For example I am tending now to drop support for I.E. 8 and earlier and I tend to put something on the web page that says something along the lines of "You have a crappy old web-browser, upgrade it already!!"

    Nevertheless, I still get emails to admin along the lines of "Your website doesn't work on my steam-powered computer running IE 1.0!"

    I believe that trying to support everything since Noah's Ark was built is a waste of time. For example, if I went in to my local motor spares store and asked them if they had a windscreen wiper for a Model T Ford, they would probably laugh at me! Same philosophy goes for software.
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    Its all dependent on what YOU want to support. Where I work we only support IE8+ which makes my job pretty easy with things like CSS3 Media Queries, Respond.js, and HTML5 Shiv.

    Support the newest first and then go back and try to fix the rest later but know your audience too. You do not want to be doing work for a corporation that still uses xp and ie7 or 8.

    Cheers!

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    One of the major problems with older browsers is with large corporates. Their PC's will be looked down so indviduals cannot upgrade the browser version. They have to wait for a company wide role and browser versions can often be years older than the current version

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    ie may work

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    As long as the content is still accessible in older browsers you can concentrate on just applying the nice appearance and functionality to the most modern browsers. Then it will still be usable for people running IE1 but will provide them with an incentive to upgrade to IE10+ as well as avoiding the 60%+ extra work required to fully support IE8.
    Stephen
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    Don't forget to start your JavaScript code with "use strict"; which makes it easier to find errors in your code.


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